Catching up on some movie reviews…

And boy are there plenty to catch up on.  I’m going to list them first so maybe I don’t forget any, but in the order I watched them: Shutter Island, District 9, Alice in Wonderland,  Avatar, The Crazies, Departure, and The Bounty Hunter.  I think that’s all…  Anyway, a lot to catch up on so I’ll get right to it.

Shutter Island: This one is probably my favorite of the bunch.  I honestly didn’t think I would like it very much going in there because I thought it would be another crappy American horror movie.  As it turns out, it’s not really a horror movie in the sense that it is out to make you have nightmares, but it does have some very creepy moments.  It’s one of those movies that you have to think about, and I really like movies like that.  The acting seemed pretty good (to me) throughout most of the film, and I was really impressed with DiCaprio.  The special effects, mostly used for the storm scenes, was a bit fake looking and I think could have used some work.  Overall I would give this one a low 5, mostly because the storm scene though.

District 9: I liked this movie a good bit as well.  I really liked how it was sympathetic to the aliens as well.  I know there were messages applying to today hidden in it, but I would have to watch it again to really remember what they were (it has been a while since I watched it…)  I thought the graphics were good and the story was pretty good.  There were a couple of unresolved issues (I believe).  So overall I’m going to give this one a low 4, but I really should rewatch it because now that I’m writing my review I realize I don’t remember as much about it as I want to.

Alice In Wonderland: I was really excited about watching this movie, and I was really disappointed when I saw it.  My biggest complaint was that Alice was overshadowed by The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and The Queen of Hearts.  They did a really good job acting in it though.  The 3-D was nicely done, so the special effects were good.  Mostly, I just found myself not really enjoying the story, even though the movie was entertaining.  I would probably give this one a 3.

Avatar: There really isn’t much to say about this movie that already hasn’t been said.  The 3-D and special effects were amazing.  It was a beautiful movie.  The story however (what I like to call a cross between Fern Gully and Pocahontas) is an old one and parallels the Westerners vs. Native Americans here in the States.  That aside, I really did enjoy it for the most part, so a 4.

The Crazies: I think I’ll have to watch this one again since the people behind me were constantly talking loudly, which ruined it a bit for me.  This is a remake (even though I have not seen the original, which I do want to see now), but from what I have heard it is a very nicely done remake, which basically means that things were updated and there were no stupid side stories added in.  I thought the graphics and such were done well, and the acting was pretty good.  So, because I had noisy people behind me the whole time, I’m going to wait on giving it a rating, but I did enjoy it for the most part.

Departures: I know I misspelled the title above, but I’m not fixing it because it is a link.  I watched this one last Wednesday as a part of my Japanese class (for extra credit).  I really enjoyed it.  I liked the story, which had both funny moments and serious moments.  I liked the acting and the music was amazing.  There was only one real problem I had with it, and that is there seemed to be a lot of unfinished side stories.  We meet a character and towards the end of the movie she reveals a massive chunk of her life, but there is no resolve to that.  There is no real resolve between the husband and wife (everything just sort of ends up fine), and that kind of bothers me I guess.  I think I’m going to give it a high 3.

The Bounty Hunter: Despite what my friends said, this is a romantic comedy, which I’m already not a big fan of.  It sort of tries to be different than most by adding in a sort of crime story, and I guess that did make it a little better.  Parts of it were funny, but I felt like it followed the basic guide lines for romantic comedies, so it wasn’t that creative.  The ending bothers me, and if you’ve seen it, I don’t mind discussing it with you, but I don’t want to put spoilers here.  I didn’t like it that much, but I didn’t have to pay to see it, so there was no loss there.  But overall, I’d probably give it a high 2.


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